Ameo vs Ciaz Comparison Review

Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz Comparison


The Ameo turns the tables on the Ciaz, when it comes to diesel power. Firstly, the Ameo has none of the turbo-lag that the Ciaz suffers from, requiring far lesser gear-rowing, than the Ciaz during city commutes. Ameo has mind-blowing mid-range grunt, making it much easier to overtake heavy vehicles, out on the highway, than the Ciaz"


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Pricing & Features:
The top-end Ameo ‘Highline’ (diesel) variant costs 9.90 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is 1 Lakh Rs. cheaper than Ciaz ‘ZDi+’ variant costing 10.90 Lakh. Both cars have a few unique features that are absent in the other, for example the Ameo Highline has extra Cornering Lamps, Cooled Glove box, Remote
Controlled Window Operation, Passenger's Auto-up Anti Pinch Windows, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers and Telescopic Steering Adjustment, while the Ciaz ZDi+ has Leather Upholstery, Rear AC Vents, Rear Sunshade, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Projector Headlamps & Apple CarPlay. Overall, the Ameo has slightly better feature content than the equivalent Ciaz.

Pricing of other variants:
Ameo ‘Highline’ petrol-manual costs 7.85 Lakh Rs.
Ciaz ‘ZXi+’ petrol-manual costs 10.3 Lakh Rs.
Ciaz 'ZXi ' petrol-automatic costs 11.9 Lakh Rs.
Ameo ‘Highline’ diesel-automatic costs 11.2 Lakh Rs.
on road, Delhi

Common Features: ABS, Airbags -2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Fog Lamps, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Driver's Auto-up Anti-pinch Window, Auto Dimming inside Mirror

Extra Features in Ameo Highline: Cornering Lamps, Cooled Glove box, Remote Controlled Window Operation, Passenger's Auto-up Anti Pinch Windows, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Extra Features in Ciaz ZDi+: Leather Upholstery, Rear AC Vents, Rear Sunshade, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Projector Headlamps, Apple CarPlay

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
Ameo petrol's performance, is simply no match to that of the petrol Ciaz. Not only is the Ciaz more powerful than the Ameo, it is also a good 50 kgs lighter than the Ameo, giving it around 25% better power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio than the Ameo. Both cars feel equally lacking in terms of low-end torque, making them a chore to drive in city traffic. However, as the revs rise, the Ciaz opens up a huge lead, over the Ameo. It has a potent mid-range, as well as decent top-end performance compared to the Ameo's asthmatic powertrain. Ameo's lack of refinement is also quite glaring, when compared to the surprisingly silent and free revving nature of the Ciaz's engine.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 75@5400, Ciaz – 92@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 110@3750, Ciaz – 130@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1060, Ciaz – 1020

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 71, Ciaz – 90 (difference 27%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 104, Ciaz – 127 (difference 23%)

Diesel: The Ameo turns the tables on the Ciaz, when it comes to diesel power. Firstly, the Ameo has none of the turbo-lag that the Ciaz suffers from, requiring far lesser gear-rowing, than the Ciaz during city commutes. Ameo has mind-blowing mid-range grunt, making it much easier to overtake heavy vehicles, out on the highway, than the Ciaz. The only caveat is the Ameo's slightly vocal nature compared to the Ciaz's, amazingly well sound deadened diesel mill.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 110@4400, Ciaz – 90@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 230@1500-2500, Ciaz – 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1160, Ciaz – 1125

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 91, Ciaz – 80
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 198, Ciaz – 178

Fuel Efficiency:
The Ciaz petrol-manual, has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.7 kmpl, which is 2.9 kmpl more, than the Ameo. Even the Ciaz automatic, having a conventional torque converter gearbox, which has traditionally been infamous, for its lack of fuel-efficiency, has an ARAI certified mileage of 19.1 kmpl, which is 1.3 kmpl more than the manual geared Ameo! In our back to back tests, the Ciaz manual was hardly 1 kmpl more efficient than the Ameo, and the Ciaz automatic was just as efficient as the Ameo manual. The diesel Ciaz, which is India's most fuel efficient car, has an ARAI certified mileage of 28.1 kmpl, which is around 5 kmpl more, than the Ameo diesel. However, in our real-world tests, the difference, was less than 2 kmpl, in the favour of the Ciaz.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Ciaz (petrol, manual) – 20.7, Ciaz (petrol, automatic) – 19.1, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 17.83
Ciaz (diesel, manual) – 28.1, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 21.29, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 21.79

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Ciaz (petrol, manual) – 3.50, Ciaz (petrol, automatic) – 3.80, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 3.80
Ciaz (diesel, manual) – 2.25, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 2.70, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 2.70

Space & Comfort:
The Ciaz is a half a metre longer in length, as well as a tad bit wider, than the Ameo. This has made the Ciaz's cabin, far more roomier than the Ameo. The Ciaz has copious amounts of legroom, and knee-room for the occupants, to stretch their legs, but then the Ameo also has adequate legroom and knee-room for its occupants, just that it isn't as excessive, as the Ciaz's. Crucially, the Ciaz has slightly better shoulder-room, allowing for 3 adults to be comfortably seated at the back. The Ameo's rear seat, is strictly for two occupants only, and squeezing in a third occupant can prove uncomfortably tight. The Ciaz also has an almost 200 litre bigger boot than the Ameo. However, the Ameo's boot itself, is big enough for carrying four people's luggage or for the odd airport run. What it lacks in boot-space, it makes up for by being far more maneuverable around town compared to the Ciaz.

Boot-space: Ameo – 330, Ciaz – 510

Length (mm): Ameo – 3995, Ciaz – 4490
Width (mm): Ameo – 1682, Ciaz – 1730
Height (mm): Ameo – 1483, Ciaz – 1485

Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars have fantastic road manners, making them a joy to pilot around twisty roads. The Ameo, has a slight edge over the Ciaz, thanks to a better steering feel and feedback. However, the Ciaz is better suited to Indian road conditions, thanks to slightly better ground clearance and bigger wheels. Ciaz has a much longer wheelbase than the Ameo, giving it noticeably better bump absorption, and pliancy over potholes and speed humps. The Ameo has a slightly stiff low speed ride, and you need to tread more cautiously over broken tarmac, than you would, in a Ciaz.

Wheelbase: Ameo - 2469, Ciaz - 2650

Ground Clearance (mm): Ameo – 165, Ciaz – 170

Tyre Size:
Ameo – 175/70R14 (Trendline), 185/60R15 (Comfortline & Highline)
Ciaz - 185/65R15 (V/Z), 195/55R16 (Z+/RS)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
One area where Volkswagen has a long way to go, before it gets anywhere near the levels of Maruti-Suzuki is the Product Reliability and Service Support in our country. Firstly, Volkswagen's record at product reliability in our country has been quite poor, which has been further tarnished by the pathetic service support extended by its unestablished and arrogant dealers. Volkswagen's service reach with its 120 odd outlets is also quite limited to urban areas, compared to Maruti's 2000+ outlets that have reached till every corner of the country.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Ciaz is bound to depreciate much lesser than the Ameo, over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years. Thanks in no small measure, to Maruti's legendary track record, at providing a Hassle-free Ownership Experience to its customers.

Ciaz ZXi+ (petrol, manual)5.90
Ciaz ZXi+ AT (petrol, automatic)6.60
Ameo Highline (petrol, manual)4.00

Ciaz ZDi+ (diesel, manual)6.55
Ameo Highline (diesel, manual)5.35
Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic)5.90

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the petrol powered, Ciaz ZXi+ (manual), works out to be just 30,000 Rs. more expensive than the Ameo Highline petrol, while the diesel powered Ciaz ZDi+, actually works out to be 70,000 Rs. cheaper than the manual geared Ameo, Highline diesel. Ciaz makes up for its higher price, by saving on fuel costs, and retaining better residual value than the Ameo. The Ameo Highline diesel-automatic, works out to be over a Lakh Rs. cheaper, than the Ciaz ZXi+ petrol-automatic, in terms of Overall Ownership Costs.

Ciaz ZXi+ (petrol, manual)7.95
Ciaz ZXi+ AT (petrol, automatic)9.10
Ameo Highline (petrol, manual)7.65

Ciaz ZDi+ (diesel, manual)6.60
Ameo Highline (diesel, manual)7.30
Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic)8.00

Verdict:
The Ciaz is the clear winner of this shootout. Especially, the Ciaz SHVS diesel, is a gem of a car. Buyer's considering the Ameo, may not even think about the Ciaz, assuming it to be an expensive car, but that will be a huge folly on their part. In the long-term, the Ciaz diesel, will actually be lighter on the pocket, than the Ameo as well as its own petrol variant, making it outstanding value-for-money. It also has a roomier cabin, more comfortable ride quality and immensely better After Sales Service than the Ameo, making it a more practical choice, than the Ameo. It is really quite a no brainer, and therefore, not surprisingly, has been the only car that has been able, to finally beat the Honda City, in the marketplace, in the last decade.

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